Saturday, April 5, 2014
Semi 1: 12 San Marino
Valentina Monetta is making her way into the Eurovision history books as the fourth act ever to participate in three consecutive years. In this exclusive group she will also stand out as the only one not to win on any of these occasions.
Valentina Monetta - Maybe (San Marino 2014)
It isn't bad, the Sammarinese entry. It's a laidback and very pleasantly produced little number, affected by the fact it sounds more like an album track more than a single. More precisely, it sounds like an album track by a German quality schlager act in the early 1980's.
It sounds like the kind of song that would need a spectacularly magnificent firework of a performer in order to come alive on stage. Valentina Monetta is - frankly - not that kind of performer. She has an OK voice but lacks that certain nerve and presence to make a song break through the tv screens.
Qualifier: No. It doesn't look promising at least. With a great portion of luck and small but consistent points from most countries, this could possibly make it into a tenth place or so. Maybe.
My grade: 2/5